Uncasville Connecticut was the seen for the return of Bellator. Bellator 123 saw Light Heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal return to the win column in impressive fashion with a TKO over Dustin Jacoby at 1:13 of round 2. The main event featured a rematch for the Featherweight belt. Patricio Freire came out on top this time with an easy five round unanimous decision win over Pat Curran.
At the very same moment in time in the exact same state, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC Fight Night 50. Chances are if you blinked you missed Heavyweight Matt Mitrione’s KO of Derrick Lewis. It only took Mitrione :41 to land a heavy right hand with follow up shots on the ground to end the fight. Another contest in the Heavyweight division pinned veterans Alistair Overeem and Ben Rothwell up against one another. In shocking fashion, Rothwell landed a overhand right which led to a round 1 TKO of Overeem at 2:19. In the main event Middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza avenged his defeat to Gegard Mousasi via guillotine at 4:30 of round 3. Souza is now 4-0 in the UFC.
If two great events weren’t enough for you, you still were left with Invicta FC 8. The return of Invicta marked its first event on the UFC Fight Pass network. In the first of two title fights, Katja Kankaanpaa sunk in a late D’arce choke on Stephanie Eggink at 2:03 of round 5 to win the Women’s Strawweight title. The main event saw Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson successfully defend her Women’s Atomweight belt against Yasuko Tamada. Waterson won by TKO at 4:58 of round 3.
The final chapter in the Stevie Ray, Curt Warburton trilogy will take place at Cage Warriors 73 where the Lightweight belt will be up for grabs.
Cody Bollinger will replace Josh Hill to take on Marlon Moraes at WSOF 13. Though the fight will not be for Moraes’s Bantamweight belt, he has told Bollinger if he can beat him he will hand over the belt unofficially.
The UFC has resigned Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva.